Treasury: Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is Critical When Seeking Financial Assistance for College

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Feb. 19, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA.

Priority consideration for state aid programs administered by Treasury’s Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) division are given to students whose FAFSA is received at the federal processor on March 1 or earlier.

“The FAFSA is the first step in the process of applying for financial aid,” said acting Deputy State Treasurer Anne Wohlfert, who oversees Treasury’s student financial aid programs. “Students and families who are seeking financial assistance are encouraged to file this free application immediately.”

Prior to completing the online FAFSA, the student and at least one parent must obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at  This ID serves as a legal signature and confirms an applicant’s identity when accessing financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education websites. 

To get started with the FAFSA, go to  To learn more about state of Michigan scholarships and other financial assistance programs, go to MI Student Aid’s website at or call toll-free at 1-888-447-2687. Follow @MiStudentAid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

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MI Student Aid Information Hotline: 888-447-2687

News Media: Danelle Gittus or Ron Leix, Treasury Public Information Officers, at 517-335-2167

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